Barzani Hails Recent Peshmerga Victory over ISIS
Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani praised Kurdish Peshmerga force for the victory they scored against Islamic State (ISIS) on Tuesday.
Barzani said in a statement that the Peshmerga forces once again recorded a glorious victory against “ISIS terrorists.” during the confrontation in northern Mosul May 3.
“Peshmerga forces sacrificed their lives to defend their homeland; they strongly defeated every IS offensive and inflicted the enemy with huge damage and high casualties,” reads the statement.
The Kurdistan Region President extended his condolences to the family of Peshmerga martyrs who lost their lives during Tuesday battles.
Barzani also thanks the international coalition forces for providing arial support for the Kurdish forces while warding off jihadists.
Last week, IS insurgents carried out multiple offensives against Peshmerga lines in northern Mosul, but they were immediately repelled by the Peshmerga. Bas News previously quoted a Peshmerga who revealed that at least 110 dead bodies of IS extremists were left on the battlefield.
President Barzani Receives Amnesty International Delegation
President Masoud Barzani received an Amnesty International delegation headed by the organization's Secretary General, Mr. Salil Shetty. President Barzani and Mr. Shetty spoke of the current situation in the Kurdistan Region and how the war against the terrorists of the Islamic State has had a great impact on the eco- nomic and other aspects of life in the Region.
Mr. Shetty stated that Amnesty International highly appreciates Kurdistan Region's provision of a safe haven to well over a million refugees from Syria and IDP's from the rest of Iraq. Mr. Shetty also spoke of the fact that Amnesty was among the first human rights organizations to label the crimes of the terrorists against the civilians in Sinjar and other parts of Kurdistan as "crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing."
The delegation requested that the Peshmerga forces demonstrate regard to human rights and that more efforts should be made to prevent these incidents into turning into a pattern.
President Barzani made reference to an August 2014 decree from the President's office to the Peshmerga forces regarding respect for human rights. He added that there is very clear distinguishing between the terrorists of the Islamic State and the residents of the newly liberated areas. The unfortunate incidents that have taken place are isolated and are in no way part of any pattern.
Kurdistan Region Becomes Member of World Universities Union
Barzani received Professor Zulkifli Abdul Razak , president of World Universities Union, which is a global institution affiliated to UNESCO and composed of 120 members from various countries around the world.
During the meeting, the President of the Union of universities expressed his happiness over the visit he paid to the Kurdistan and his meeting with President Barrani. He hailed the de- velopment and stability in the region and the role of President Barzani in stabilizing and providing elements of security for the people of Kurdistan despite significant challenges facing the region.
He also briefed on the activities of the Union, and stressed that the Universities Union supports the people of Kurdistan, recognized the region a member of the union.
On his part, President Barzani welcomed the President of the Union of universities in the world, and praised the role and activities of the Union and welcomed their decision about the Kurdistan Region membership in the Union wished them success.